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Martin Truex, Jr. Paces Final Duck Commander 500 Practice

2016 Cup Texas Martin Truex Jr. Pit Road Credit Rick Lunkenheimer

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

The Sprint Cup Series took to Texas Motor Speedway early Friday evening for the final practice session for tomorrow night’s Duck Commander 500. Martin Truex, Jr. topped the charts for the entire session with a fast lap of 192.390 mph (28.068 sec.). Truex, who will start third tomorrow night, ran 51 laps. Polesitter Carl Edwards …

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Charlotte Motor Speedway Announces Coca-Cola 600 Pre-race Plans

Charlotte Pre Race

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Charlotte Motor Speedway announced the festivities for the Memorial Day weekend Coca-Cola 600 Friday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway. From ground exercises, rope teams, vintage warbirds and even a 21-gun salute, the military-packed show will also feature 600 U.S. Army soldiers marching through the grandstands before they hold two large American flags in the infield. …

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Kyle Busch to Lead O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 Field to Green

2016 Fontana Nxs Kyle Busch Daniel Suarex Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

For the fifth straight race, Joe Gibbs Racing has swept the top 3 starting positions for tonight’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch scored his fifth straight pole with a lap of 188.475 mph, ahead of teammates and XFINITY Series regulars Erik Jones, who won this race last year, and Daniel …

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Carl Edwards Snags Duck Commander 500 Pole

2016 Cup Texas Carl Edwards Car On Track Credit Rick Lunkenheimer

(Photo: Rick Lunkenheimer)

Carl Edwards will lead the field to the green in Saturday night’s Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Posting a lap of 194.609 mph (27.748 sec), the driver of the No. 19 Toyota scored his first pole of the season and second at Texas. Edwards led the final two rounds of qualifying after posting …

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Texas Motor Speedway Unveils New Mascot

Everything’s bigger in Texas, and that was the case once again Friday at Texas Motor Speedway. Less than six months removed from Eddie Gossage’s retirement gift to Jeff Gordon of a pair of Shetland ponies, the TMS president unveiled an unusual new mascot for the speedway. Lil’ Dale, a goat born with the number three …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: 3 Drivers That Need to Step Up Their Game

2016 Atlanta Cwts Tyler Reddick Helmet Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Tyler Reddick If you had told me prior to the season opener at Daytona that last year’s championship runner-up Tyler Reddick would fail to score a top-10 finish in the first three races of the season, I would have called you crazy. But that’s exactly what’s happened with the driver of the No. 29 Ford …

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Pace Laps: Sprint Cup Underdogs Excelling, Truck Series Madness and Formula 1 Shockers

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Zach Catanzareti

Sprint Cup: Underdogs Perform at the Paper Clip – From the drop of the flag to begin practice at Martinsville Speedway Friday, there were surprises near the front of the field. Fortunately for NASCAR and the underdog teams, the early pace bled into both qualifying and the race as it was an entertaining show full …

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Texas Rangers Reveal Special Paint Scheme for Brandon Jones at Texas

2016 Fontana Nxs Brandon Jones Brett Moist Nkp

(Photo: Brett Moist / NKP)

Next weekend, when the XFINITY Series returns to action at Texas Motor Speedway, Brandon Jones will sport a special paint scheme adorned in the Texas Rangers baseball team colors. Jones will also throw out the first pitch when the Rangers face the Seattle Mariners next Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. CT. ⚾️ meets ?! Introducing the …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Kyle Busch Seeking First Martinsville Win

2016 Atlanta Nxs Kyle Busch Helmet Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade NKP)

He’s visited Victory Lane at Martinsville Speedway as an owner but has yet to win at the 0.526-mile oval as a driver in Camping World Truck Series competition. And for the first time since April, 2011, Kyle Busch will get another shot at making his own trip to Victory Lane when he pilots a fourth …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Memorable Truck Series Moments at Martinsville

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You’ve almost made it! This weekend marks the final time the Camping World Truck Series will sit silent before descending upon Martinsville Speedway to bring in the month of April. Sitting dormant since Atlanta Motor Speedway, the second race of the season, it’s nearly impossible for teams, drivers or fans to gain any kind of momentum …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: A Trio of Surprises 2 Races In

2016 Atlanta Cwts Spencer Gallagher Pack Racing Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

Parker Kligerman If I had told you that Ricky Benton Racing Enterprises would the Truck Series standings this year, you would have laughed in my face. But that’s exactly what has happened this year. Parker Kligerman has taken the part-time team and put it atop the points standings with finishes of third and eighth at …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Caution Clock Consequences

2016 Atlanta Cwts Spencer Gallagher Pack Racing Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

When NASCAR first revealed the implementation of a caution clock for this year’s Camping World Truck Series campaign, the first reaction I had was to scream and ask why the sanctioning body felt the need to mess with a series that didn’t need manipulation to create excitement. After all, the racing on track certainly speaks …

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